İrem UZUN -TDO- The United States and Britain on Thursday reacted with horror and vowed action after a BBC investigation detailed harrowing accounts of torture and sexual violence against Uighur women in Chinese camps.
“These atrocities shock the conscience and must be met with serious consequences,” a U.S. State Department spokesperson said, reiterating the view of both the former and new U.S. administrations that China is perpetrating “genocide” against the Uighurs. “We will speak out consistently and jointly with allies and partners to condemn these atrocities, and we will consider all appropriate tools to promote accountability for those responsible and deter future abuses,” the spokesperson said. British junior foreign minister Nigel Adams said the BBC report revealed clearly evil acts. “The evidence of the scale and severity of these violations is now far-reaching, it paints a truly harrowing picture,” he told parliament.
The testimony given to the BBC detailed allegations of rape and sexual abuse of Uighur women detained in China's internment camps in the Xinjiang region. One woman told the BBC that women were removed from their cells "every night" and raped by one or more masked Chinese men.
The report also triggered outrage from politicians in Australia. Australia's Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne said the United Nations should be given immediate access to the region.